Whanganui's Rachel Māia has qualified for her paraclimbing division's final at the IFSC world championships in Austria later tonight, New Zealand time.
The 35-year-old Māia, formally Carter, climbs without using her left leg, and made the Top 4 of the WRP2 grade at the event in Innsbruck, so those Para-athletes will climb again.
"Only the Top 4 in my category went through," Māia said.
"Thankfully, I fought hard and managed take a rare top to join the only three other athletes who 'Topped' in finals.
"This meant I just barely knocked a local Austrian athlete out of a spot in the finals."
Māia said the wall they will use for the final is very steep.
"The Men's Opens [not Para-athletes] had their finals here this week and not one topped.
"So don't expect us all to get too high.
"But we are all so excited to climb at this new venue, built at Olympia World especially for this event."
Over 40,000 people have watched the able bodied and paraclimbers over the week.
Māia's climb in the final will be at around 11pm, New Zealand time.
It will be streamed live at https://youtu.be/09zbRtyOUFg.